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Mol Biol Evol. 2012 Mar;29(3):893-904. doi: 10.1093/molbev/msr240. Epub 2011 Sep 26.

DNA replication induces compositional biases in yeast.

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Institut de Biologie et de Technologies de Saclay, CEA/Saclay, Gif-sur-Yvette, France. mcmk@cea.fr

Abstract

Asymmetries intrinsic to the process of DNA replication are expected to cause differences in the substitution patterns of the leading and the lagging strands and to induce compositional biases. These biases have been detected in the majority of eubacterial genomes but rarely in eukaryotes. Only in the human genome, the activity of a minority of replication origins seems to generate compositional biases. In this work, we provide evidence for replication-associated GC and TA skews in the genomes of two yeast species, Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Kluyveromyces lactis, whereas the data for the Schizosaccharomyces pombe genome are less conclusive. In contrast with the genomes of Homo sapiens and of the majority of eubacteria, the leading strand is enriched in cytosine and adenine in both S. cerevisiae and K. lactis. We observed significant variations across the interorigin intervals of several substitution rates in the S. cerevisiae lineage since its divergence from S. paradoxus. We also found that the S. cerevisiae genome is far from compositional equilibrium and that its present compositional biases are due to substitution rates operating before its divergence from S. paradoxus. Finally, we observed that replication and transcription tend to be cooriented in the S. cerevisiae genome, especially for genes encoding subunits of protein complexes. Taken together, our results suggest that replication-related compositional biases may be a feature of many eukaryotic genomes despite the stochastic nature of the firing of replication origins in these genomes.

PMID:
21948086
DOI:
10.1093/molbev/msr240
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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